Quantitative In-situ & Operando vibrational spectroscopies for Catalysis and Adsorption:
state of the art, current limits and challenges


Quantitative information as to the number, strength, activity, …  of surface sites are mandatory for establishing relevant benchmarks of catalysts or adsorbents, multiscale/micro-kinetic models of processes, or structure-activity relationships.


Despite their prominent position as characterization tools in the fields of adsorption and catalysis, in situ / operando vibrational spectroscopies are too often restricted to qualitative studies.


Gathering leading experts in academia and industry this workshop will focus on the state of the art and challenges of quantitative spectroscopic investigations of surface sites, diffusion processes, adsorbed species and intermediates on complex heterogeneous surfaces such as working, shaped, deactivated catalysts or adsorbants.



The workshop will consist of invited lectures, poster session and a round table.




Confirmed Speakers


Prof. Daniel BIANCHI, U. Lyon

Prof. Silvia BORDIGA, U. Torino

Dr. Jean GUILMENT, Arkema

Dr. Olga GUERRERO-PEREZ, U. Malaga

Dr. Claire-Marie PRADIER, UPMC

Dr. Søren RASMUSEN, Haldor Topsoe A/S

Prof. Bert WECYKHUSEN, U. Utrecht




Thursday, March 30

13:30-14:00 Welcome
14:00-14:40 Daniel BIANCHI, IRCELYON ( FR)

“A Contribution of FTIR Spectroscopy to the Experimental Microkinetic approach of Gas/Solid Catalytic Reactions: Individual Heats of Adsorption of Co-adsorbed Species”.

14:40-15:20 Søren RASMUSSEN, TOPSOE (DK)
15:20-15:40 Coffee break
15:40-16:20 Silvia BORDIGA , Torino University IT)
16:20-17:00 Jean GUILMENT , Arkema (FR)
  Visit of  LCS facilities
18:30-20:00 Visit of the Memorial for Peace
20:00-22h00 Dinner at the Memorial
Friday, March 31
8:30-9:10 « LCS : 30 years of quantitative IR in situ and operando studies of catalytic systems »  LCS (France)
9:10-9:50 Claire Marie PRADIER, LRS (FR)

« Biointerfaces probed by PM-IRRAS and other Surface Science techniques »

9:50-10:30 Olga GUERRERO-PEREZ, Malaga University ( SP)
10:30-10:50 Coffee Break
10:50-11:30 Gareth WHITING,  Utrecht University (NL)

‘Structure-function relationships in shaped zeolite-based catalyst bodies: An in situ micro-spectroscopic approach’

11:30-12:15 Round Table and Conclusion





The workshop will be held March 30-31, 2017 on the campus of Caen University campus, close from the LCS facilities. The  registration fee will cover meal and diner during the workshop.

Registration fee

Academic : 150€

Industrial : 204€

The registration fee will cover meal and diner during the workshop

Social event

Guided tour and diner at the Caen-Normandy Mermorial (included in the registration fees)

Key dates

Registration/Poster submission deadline : March 15, 2017

Workshop: March 30 1:30 pm – 31, 2017 12:30 pm















Location and Venue

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Coming to CAEN

by train :


Tel : +33 (0)8 92 35 35 35.

Travel duration: Paris – Caen : around 2h

by plane :

Carpiquet Airport.

tel. : +33 (0)2 31 71 20 10.




Coming to the laboratory

by car :

The ENSICAEN is in the north of the town of Caen. We are close of the communes of Epron and Hérouville Saint Clair. The ENSICAEN is located in the Campus Céte de Nacre (known as also Campus 2).

by Tramway :

ligne A : Stop Caen-Campus 2

by bus :

lignes 10 et 14


You can find a list of suggested accomodation here.

Laboratoire Catalyse & Spectrochimie

6 Boulevard Maréchal Juin


Tel : +33 (0)2 31 45 28 21

Fax : +33 (0)2 31 45 28 22